After the school buses left for the day, dozens of families filled the parking lot of Nations Ford Elementary School in Charlotte, North Carolina, roaming the shelves of a mobile food pantry. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina set up the food-stocked shelves to help students who might otherwise go hungry during the holidays. Wells Fargo is among Second Harvest’s supporters and is a direct sponsor of the nonprofit’s mobile food pantry at Reid Park Academy.
“Not all of our children have stability when it comes to food at home, so being able to provide that resource helps alleviate at least a stress factor,” said Melissa Thiel, the school’s assistant principal.
Families were given produce, meat, eggs, bread, and essential nonfood items such as toilet paper and diapers. The donations average about 40 to 50 pounds of food per family. Second Harvest Food Bank provides approximately 150 school mobile food pantries a year.
“In my opinion, there’s nothing more important than feeding our children,” said Kay Carter, the CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. “You know it’s an investment. We know that when children are well-fed, they come to school better prepared to learn.”